Specific requirements apply to machinery in the production of foodstuffs, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products in Europe. These requirements are defined in section 2.1 of the essential health and safety requirements of the machinery directive 2006/42/EC. In this sector machinery safety impacts product safety. Machinery and machine safeguarding systems must be designed and constructed in such a way as to avoid any risk of infection, sickness or contagion.
Requirements for CE marking
To achieve a CE marking amongst other requirements, the machinery must be designed and constructed in such a way
- that machine parts that come in contact with the product can be cleaned before each use – or – where this is not possible – disposable parts must be used.
- that it must be possible for liquids, gases and aerosols deriving from foodstuffs, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products as well as disinfecting and rinsing fluids to be completely discharged from the machinery.
- as to prevent any substances or living creatures from entering, or any organic matter from accumulating in areas that cannot be cleaned.
- that no ancillary substances hazardous to health, including the lubricants used, can come into contact with foodstuffs, cosmetics or pharmaceutical products.
The instructions for foodstuffs machinery and machinery for use with these products must indicate recommended products and methods for cleaning, disinfecting and rinsing machine areas in contact with products.
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